Overview The Jambay Lhakhang Drup festival tour is a vibrant and culturally significant event that takes place in Bhutan, a small and enchanting country nestled in the Himalayas. The festival held annually at the Jambay Lhakhang monastery, a sacred site believed to have built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. The Jambay Lhakhang Drup festival is a celebration of Bhutanese culture, religion, and history. It lasts for several days and marked by colorful masked dances, traditional music performances, and religious rituals. The festival also attracts both locals and tourists who come to witness the spectacle and…
The Jambay Lhakhang Drup festival tour is a vibrant and culturally significant event that takes place in Bhutan, a small and enchanting country nestled in the Himalayas. The festival held annually at the Jambay Lhakhang monastery, a sacred site believed to have built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo.
The Jambay Lhakhang Drup festival is a celebration of Bhutanese culture, religion, and history. It lasts for several days and marked by colorful masked dances, traditional music performances, and religious rituals. The festival also attracts both locals and tourists who come to witness the spectacle and immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of Bhutan.
During the festival, the Jambay Lhakhang monastery beautifully adorned with intricate decorations and colorful paintings. Monks and laypeople gather to perform sacred dances known as cham, wearing elaborate costumes and vivid masks representing various deities and mythical beings. These dances believed to ward off evil spirits and bring blessings to the spectators.
Apart from the mesmerizing dances, the festival also features traditional Bhutanese games, archery competitions, and local handicraft exhibitions. Visitors can indulge in delicious Bhutanese cuisine, which includes dishes such as ema datshi (spicy chili and cheese), momo (dumplings), and butter tea.
Beyond the festival itself, the Jambay Lhakhang Drup tour offers a unique opportunity to explore the scenic beauty of Bhutan. Participants can visit other monasteries and dzongs (fortresses), hike through picturesque landscapes, and interact with the friendly locals, known for their genuine warmth and hospitality.
Overall, the Jambay Lhakhang Drup festival tour is an incredible cultural experience that allows travelers to delve into the mystical world of Bhutanese traditions. It provides an immersive journey through the country’s history, religion, and artistic expressions, leaving visitors with unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation for Bhutan’s rich cultural tapestry.
Arrive Paro by Bhutan’s national carrier, Druk Air, and it’s a scenic flight as the plane touch down the lush green Paro Valley flying past the world’s highest mountains. Steeping down from the plane, cool, clean and fresh air welcomes the visitor, the first gift of Bhutan. After clearing the customs and visa formalities met by the representatives and transfer to Paro for lunch. Afterwards drive to Thimphu (1 hour) following Pa Chhu downstream. In Thimphu, drive on to the Buddha Terrance for a stunning view of the valley and take a drive to visit Takin Preserve to see Takin, Bhutan’s national animal – a strange looking beast which some say resembles a beestung moose! Take a view of the majestic Tashichoe Dzong, the seat of the government before circumventing the Memorial Chorten – a monument erected in memory of Bhutan’s third king H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Visit Centenary Farmers Market, the new authentic craft bazaar, National Institute of Traditional Medicine that still dispenses traditional herbal medicines to the locals, the Folk Heritage Museum – a 300 year old traditional house converted into a museum. Overnight at Hotel (Lunch/Dinner included)
After breakfast, drive for about 3 hours to Punakha. Climb up the mountain road to Dochula La at 3140m. On clear weather, the pass commands a wonderful panorama of the Eastern Himalayas. From the pass, descend through varied forest and finally emerging into the highly cultivated valley of Punakha. Take a short hike through beautiful rice fields to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, who as a favorite saint of the Bhutanese people is known affectionately as the Divine Madman”. The temple is on a hillside in the middle of rice fields and has become a pilgrimage site forchildless couples. Enjoy some tea and snacks at the end of hike while overlooking the fields. In the afternoon, we visit Punakha Dzong. Located at the confluence of the Pho-chu (male-river) and Mo-chu (female-river), the Punakha Dzong is arguably the most impressive dzong in the country. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
Drive to Wangduephodrang Dzong, which is perched on a spur at the confluence of two rivers. The position of the Dzong is remarkable as it completely covers the spur and commands an impressive view both up and down the valley. Then drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forest, and over a high pass down into the Phobjikha valley, surely one of the loveliest high altitude valleys in Bhutan. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black-necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan plateau. Enjoy 1½ hours Gangtey nature trail from the monastery through the jungle before emerging to the valley floor. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
Today, we drive 5 hours to Bumthang valley. The road climbs rapidly through a series of hairpins out of Trongsa and there are great views back to the Dzong and out across the valley. After passing through cultivated fields for a while, the trail re-enters the forest and reach the Yotong La (3400m). Descending to a low point of 2650m at a village called Chumey; the scenery is once again totally different as theroute enters the wide-open Bumthang valleys. It takes about an hour to get to the roadside at Chumey, the first of the four valleys in Bumthang. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
In the morning visit Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom where Bhutan’s patron saint Guru Rimpoche meditated and 7 th century Jambay Lhakhang. It dates back to the origins of Buddhism in Bhutan and is one of the Kingdoms oldest temples. After lunch, visit Jakar Dzong and Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in 1501 by Pemalingpa and containing interesting and ancient Buddhist wall paintings. Afterwards enjoy exploring the village of Jakar, Bumthang’s main township. In the evening stroll around the beautiful landscape of the Bumthang Jakar valley. After dinner attend the first day of Jambay Lhakhang festival. The first day of the festival begins in the evening around 8:30 pm.
The details of the first day of the festival are as follows:
Return to experience more of the festivities at Jambay Lhakhang, or enjoy an excursion to Tang Valley, the most remote valley in the Bumthang district. Activities may include a 45 minute walk uphill to Ugyen Chholing Palace, built in the 16 th century by the Trongsa Penlop Tshokey Dorji. The main building in the complex now features a fascinating museum offering a real insight into the lifestyle of a Bhutanese noble family. Highlights include a book of divination, a dakini dance costume made of bone. Option also includes visiting the 14 th century Tang Rimochen Lhakhang where Guru Rinpoche meditated and Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake), where some of Guru Rinpoche’s treasures were found in the 15 th century by the famous treasure discover Pema Lingpa. It’s a good location to meditate. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
After breakfast, re-trace the same route back towards Gangtey and the road journey today is bit longer with 8 hours of drive. Upon arrival at Gangtey, check-in hotel. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
After breakfast, drive back to Paro cross Dochula pass which is about 5 hours drive. PM: Stroll around the streets of Paro. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
After breakfast drive towards the base camp of Taktsang for the hike up to the Taktsang Monastery-Tiger’s Nest. It’s about two hours hike up the cafeteria. From this point, enjoy the spectacular view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in 8th century. Then visit the Taktsang Monastery and hike back to the road point then drive to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan. Afterwards, back to hotel. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
After breakfast, drive to the Paro airport in time to catch the onward flight. Bid farewell to the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappears again behind its guardian mountains. (Breakfast only included)
Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
• 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
• Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
• Route Permit
• Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
• A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
• All land transportation by private vehicle
• Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
• Sightseeing as per itinerary
• Monuments entrance fees where applicable
• Drinking water
• All internal taxes and charges
• A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
Airfare & Travel Insurance
• Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
• Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
Jambay Lhakhang Drup festival tour visits the important cities of Bhutan and attends one of the popular festivals at Bumthang– Jambay Lhakhang Drup. The festival is a grand ceremony with festive atmosphere celebrated at the cultural heartland of Bhutan – the Bumthang Valley. It’s a great opportunity to witness the ancient living culture of the Dragon Kingdom. A Tsechu is a Buddhist festival in honor of Guru Rimpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. Unique masked dances and other celebrations is the main feature of the festival when locals gather around in a spirit of festivity with deep faith. The tour also visits other scared sites like the Chimmi Lhakhang, Punakha Dzong, hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ and sightseeing around Paro, the tiny capital – Thimphu and the old capital – Punakha.